Nature. Be in it. is pioneering a Nature School Holiday Program with wild play experiences which aim
to teach children about bush skills and the environment. Children build resilience, confidence and
STEM skills all while having a ball outside.

Dave talks with Kara Spence who says “Ask any adult their favourite childhood memory and 9 times out of 10 it will be outside without adults and being wild.”
Forest School, a proven inspirational process originating in Scandinavia, which offers many educational and
health benefits for childhood development. New sessions with Nature. Be in it. in the City of Hobart allows
working families to let their children experience free unstructured wild play in a natural bushland setting.
Options during the program will teach bush skills like building shelters, safely using a real pocket knife and
making things from natural resources.
Run in partnership with Greening Australia based from the Sustainability Learning Centre in Mount Nelson
from July 10 to July 19, check the website for times and dates. “The wild play movement is something that is
really taking off in the United States and UK, and we hope to encourage its growth here in Australia.” says
Nel Smit, education coordinator from Greening Australia.
Only 19% of Australian young people meet the national daily physical activity guidelines of 1 hour per day.
Getting children away from screens and off the couch is a real challenge for families in 2018. Yet an
enormous amount of research in recent years has shown children in touch with nature and access to play
outdoors, benefit both physically and mentally. This is increasingly critical to our children’s development
needs in our increasingly urbanised environment.
More and more children are growing up without free unstructured play – without regular access to nature. We
need to value and integrate our public green spaces more within our busy lives. It is not just a matter of
choice, but a must for the health and wellbeing of our coming generations. It is important children connect
with nature when they are very young, to grow up with an appreciation for the natural environment. Kids can
start by exploring their local park, and then graduate to exploring true wild spaces in national parks in Australia and around the world. This will create an enduring relationship with nature that they will carry with
them for life and be advocates for ensuring a sustainable future.
Founder Kara Spence is one of the first certified Forest School Leaders in Tasmania and a practicing Primary
School Teacher and former Park Ranger, as well as a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. Kara leads
children through invitations to play, introducing simple scientific and real tools and encouraging creativity and
imagination. Their experience with Kara is truly child led. You can join in for several days or a one-off
session.
“Children don’t realise they are learning, yet they are constantly challenging themselves with the weather,
building natural structures and working together to construct and create. This builds fine motor skills,
increases executive function, balance and so importantly, resilience by taking safe risks”, says Kara.
“When a child takes a risk they aren’t being reckless. They are making analytical decisions and shaping
pathways in the brain for skills needed to negotiate larger stressors.” Lisa Ford, Clinical Child Psychologist
If you don’t have children and would like to learn more about the joyful wonder of nature, try our Forest
Bathing walks which are specially designed by our nature-experts for adults and corporate teams.

About the ‘wild’ play movement:
There has been growing global recognition of the value of green space for children, since Richard Louv
published ‘Last Child in the Woods’ in 2005 www.richardlouv.com/books/last-child
www.childrenandnature.org/
• Leave no child inside: www.sierraclub.org/youth/